May is here and we have plants-a-plenty. We have chard, kale, herbs and flowers all ready to brighten up a corner and get you started for the growing season.
The nights are still cold and we have what you need to bring some color back into the landscape. A mixed container of flowers and herbs by the front door will cheer the heart and get you thinking about summer annuals.
This is a great time of year to start preparing for the coming warm weather. It is time to bring out and clean your pots and prepare your flower beds. Putting on a fresh cut edge is the fastest way to make your yard tidy.
Now may I rant? It is still cold, if you plant out summer annuals too early they will suffer and worse may die from the temperatures at night. We have lovingly sown, planted and grown our spring annuals to be out in the cold. We have lovingly sown, planted and grown our summer annuals so they will be ready for Memorial Day. Now this is a bit of a myth to plant for Memorial Day but the fact is sometimes even then it is too cold. There is still a danger of frost, and most of these tender plants are accustomed to night temperatures of 58 and higher. That is why they are grown in a heated greenhouse. Big box stores truck in giant carts full of plants that have been grown in other locations, many much farther south. It is infuriating to see Basil, Geraniums and such sitting out on a windswept parking lot in 40 degree temperatures. Don’t get me started! Support your local growers and plant appropriate to the weather.